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Sri Sakalabhuvaneswarar-Mekalambika temple

Moolavar : Sakalabhuvaneswarar
Urchavar : Panchamurthy
Amman / Thayar : Mekalambika, Soundaryanayaki
Thala Virutcham : Mandarai, Vilwa
Theertham : Suryapushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirumeeyachur
City : Tirumeeyachur
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirunavukkarasar has praised the temple in his Thevaram. Adored with golden Kondrai flowers and garland The new moon glittering on the long hair Accompanied by radiant Mother Mekalambika My Lord will not leave Meeyachur temple. This is the 57th temple praised in Thevaram songs on the southern bank of Cauveri.


   Rathasapthami in the Month of Thai is an important festival in the temple. This festival signs the turning of Sun?s Ratha (car) marking the beginning of Utharayana period from the month of Thai (January-February) towards North from the South. Utharayana covers six months beginning from Thai to Aani month (June-July). All festivals related to Lord Shiva and Mother Ambika are celebrated in the temple in a grand manner.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva (Sakalabhuvaneswarar) is a swayambumurthy. Mother Lalithambika is seated on the Srichakra throne with Her Abhaya, Varada hastha Mudras, placing her right leg on the left majestically. Ambika is very powerful.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Mekalambika-Sakalabuvaneswarar Temple, (Lalithambika Temple), Tirumeeyachur ? 609 405, Tiruvarur district.


   91-4366-239 170, 94448 36526

General Information:

   The main tower-Rajagopuram has five tiers and the second 3 tiers. There are two corridors ? prakaras. The Lalithambika shrine is on the right at the entrance. Ratha Vinayaka is in the main hall while Nagar, Sekkizhar, the Lingas worshipped by Sapthamadhas and Lingas worshipped by Agni, Yama and Indira are in the inner corridor-prakara.


   Virgins seek the blessings of Lord Kalyana Sundareswara with garlands and archanas for early happy marriage. The sick offer Pirandai rice on the lotus leaf for cure. Devotees pray to Mother Lalithambika for child boon, removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, for gaining progress in education.

Thanks giving:

   Blessed with a response to their prayers, devotees offer abhishek and vastras to Lord and Mother. They also offer anklets to Mother Lalithambika.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Sakalabhuvaneswarar graces in the form of Swaymbu Linga. Those chanting the Lalitha Sahasranama (1000 names of Mother Lalithambika) and Lalitha Navaratnamala are gifted with total grace of the Mother. This is the place where Garuda (the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu), Aruna the charioteer of Sun, the monkey brothers Vali and Sukriva, Yama the God of Death, Saturn planet were born.

Temple History:

   Demon Pandasura was harassing the Devas in the celestial world. They prayed to Mother Parasakthi to protect them from the Demon. Goddess appeared from the Yagna fire with Her Srichakra Chariot with the name Lalithambika. She was too furious after killing the demon. Lord Shiva advised Devi to go to Earth as Sripuravasini and perform penance to quell Her fury. Mother Lalithambika came to this place, performed penance and became calm and graceful. She created Vachinya and other angels of words and asked them to chant her 1000 names. This is how Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam with the beginning "Sri Mathre" came into being.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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